Oamaru On Fire

May 24, 2014

The annual Steampunk NZ Festival opens in Oamaru this coming Friday, May 30th.











The Steampunk NZ Festival 2014 is New Zealands largest and longest running steampunk event. 4 days with 18 events and the start of a fringe festival along side it this year. . .

The events are:

Thursday 29th May

Absynth Night

Friday 30th May

Oamaru on Fire,

Brydone Oamaru Fringe Festival Late Night



Saturday 31st May

Souk Market

Cup cake decorating

Dance classes

Writers Workshop

Steampunk Short Stories – with connections to other parts of the planet – technology allowing

Brydone Oamaru Fringe Festival Family Variety Show

Steampunk Racing Mess Dinner

Steampunk Racing and Music Madness

Sunday 1st June

Steam train rides round the Oamaru Harbour.

Steampunk Round the World

Steampunk NZ Fashion Show

Steampunk NZ Gala Dinner

29th May – 2nd June

Throughout the weekend there will be the opportunity to visit Steampunk HQThe Timetravelers Museum and learn to ride a penny farthing and explore the many other galleries and attractions that Oamaru offers, and then see the penguins.

There is more on the Festival’s Facebook page.

Friday night will be lit up by  Oamaru On Fire:

2014’s Oamaru On Fire, steam, sound and lighting spectacular, will step up again this year says organisers Jan Kennedy and Anton Roswell.  “Oamaru On Fire” is a fire, steam, sound, lighting spectacular that successfully showcases Harbour street (in the old part of town Oamaru) in the evening and in winter as an attraction for the entire family from 4 years old to 94 !

t enhances the Steampunk Festival, attracting large numbers of visitors and locals to Oamaru for Queens Birthday weekend.  For the Past 2 years Oamaru On Fire has been incredibly popular with over 2,000 people attending gaining amazing feedback from young and old. 

This years event will feature “Video mapping” a world class projection and lighting focus using the Harbour street Buildings as a stunning Canvas, as well as an innovative visual and performing arts programme and involvement by young local performers.

Internationally renowed “Visual Architects” Out of the Dark will choregraph the lighting and pyrotechnic experience; which includes video projection mapping previously seen on buildings around the world, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME VIDEO MAPPING HAS BEEN USED IN NZ’s south island.  “Oamaru On Fire”





Oamaru On Fire

May 31, 2013

Oamaru On Fire will take place in the town’s historic precinct this evening.


Oamaru “On Fire” will be held from 6.30pm-9pm, featuring an evening of non-stop fire-themed family entertainment produced by professionals, for the whole family.

It will also feature live performances from local and international acts from around New Zealand.

Featuring lighting displays, smoke effects, controlled explosions, projected images and films.

The lighting show would be followed by performances by fire eaters, fire jugglers, amazing belly dancers and a masquerade march from local international artist Donna Demente, and include traction engines, motorbikes and hot rods plus demonstrations from the NZ fire service including the command unit.

It is something a bit different. It will showcase our town’s outstanding Victorian architecture to locals and visitors, Oamaru ‘On Fire’ is an idea that has just exploded into a major event, which in its first year was incredibly successful with over 3,400 people enjoying the evening.

It will be sensory overload and  STILL at just $5 per head represents excellent value for money.

Yes, it’s winter, it will be cold, but it will be warming from the atmosphere created, the outstanding entertainment on offer and the food. . .

The town is also hosting a Steampunk Festival.

In honour of the festival Birdlands wine have produced some steam plonk – a Piston Noir.

Thank you Birdlands for producing a fun Steampunk label!

Our grapes are sourced int he sund renched valleys of the mighty Waitaki river – “Where the scent of wild roses turns the milk to cream” – and they are transported by imaginary dirigible to the alluring, steamy atmosphere of the Birdlands winery.

The fruit is trampled by long-legged bronze goddesses to help impart the unique, smooth lip caressing texture.

The wine is subjects to a raging ferment and put through the harmonic frequency regulator to barrel for 16 months. Upon bottling it is corked immediately to seal this unique time capsule of potent suggestivity; or open to release the aromatic, full bodied, dusky piston noir.

Steampunk Close up

June 6, 2012

Close up took a look at last weekend’s Steampunk Festival in Oamaru.

The video is here.

Oamru Life has photos of Oamaru on Fire which opened the weekend’s festivities.

I’ve borrowed this one:



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